Future Looks Bright As Big Blue Junior Varsity Track Rocks Exeter

The Junior and Lower tracksters took down the Big Red Wednesday. The girls started the scoring early with Courtney Blackwell ’06 taking second in the mile with a time of 6:18. Alina Chen ’06 continued the success for the girls, winning the long jump with a leap of 13’4”. Emily Mortara ’06, the lone shot putter, hurled the shot for 23’7”, an impressive mark for JV level competition. Colleen Thurman ’07 and Karen Shoenheur ’07 took first and third in the 50 yard hurdles, running 8.6 seconds and 9.3 seconds respectively. Courtney Harris ’06 added two more wins to Andover’s tally of first places, winning the high jump with a 4’2” mark. She also took first in the 300-yard dash with a time of 43.7 seconds, beating the nearest Exeter runner by 3 seconds. Emily Kennedy ’07 prevented an Exeter sweep in the 50 yard dash, scoring Andover’s only points with a time of 7.2 seconds. Rebecca Howe ’06 claimed victory in the 600 yard run running 1:42. Howe and Blackwell returned in the 1000-yard run, taking on mile winner and new meet record holder from Exeter. Becca and Courtney ran well, combining for second and third, Howe crossing the line in 3:12 and Blackwell in 3:26. Andover’s 4X440-relay team brought the meet to a victorious close, combining 4 fast splits to devastate the competition by 15 seconds. The final score fell Andover’s way, 46-33, completing a solid afternoon of competition for the 9th and 10th grade girls. Seán Hamilton ’06, the lone Andover competitor to place in the mile, took second, crossing in 4:59.8. Jae-Yeop Kim ’07 took second in the hurdles, scoring Andover’s only points with a time of 8.5 seconds. Kim came back in the Long Jump, claiming the junior record with a jump of 18’11”, but he didn’t stop there. He and Greg Hsu ’06 later dominated the 300-yard dash. Hsu won the event in 37.5 seconds, followed closely by Kim in 37.8 seconds. Hsu did some more scoring of his own, tallying another victory in the 50-yard dash with a time of 6.1 seconds. Johnson, slightly unfamiliar with the event, took second place, running 6.2 seconds. The highlight of the day came in the two-mile run, where Hamilton provided an exciting finish. Sitting in second for most of the race, Hamilton finished strong, out kicking an Exeter runner in the final laps to claim victory and a meet record, crossing the finish line with a time of 10:36. Alex Campbell ’06 ran also well, competing in the 1000 yard run for the Blue. After being challenged by an Exeter runner early on, Campbell finished strong, taking second, crossing the line in 2:50. Andover’s 4X440-relay team of Johnson, Charles, Daniel Silk ’07 and Hsu closed out a close meet for the boys. Johnson rocketed to a big lead in the first leg that the rest of the team could hold on to, propelling his team to win the final contest of the afternoon in 4:05. Captain Jackie Latina ’04 hopes the win this week is a sign that Varsity will have the same sucess next year. Latina said,“lets hope this is a sign of things to come.”